Big Voice of Sport

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AS promised in Big Voice last week a picture of me playing the role of Father Chrsitmas at the Calderdale Hospital’s Development Unit at the former United Biscuits factory at Club Lane, Ovenden.

It was an enjoyable experience and I was just so pleased to help out such a caring group of physiotherapists and administrative staff who work so hard for developing the children with special needs.

Each child present on the day, and there must have been just over 20, received a present and a Christmas lunch.

In the column last week I mentioned that I couldn’t get away from sport on the day either and even on Friday of last week I received some equipment for Isobelle at my house and the Calderdale NHS driver was a Welshman from the Rhondda Valley and he was steeped in rugby union. So much so he goes back down for the Six Nations games and gleans whatever news he can get up here on his beloved Wales.

He did add that he also likes watching the other code-rugby league - so we will let him continue living in Calderdale!

PLEASED for the many Leeds United fans in Brighouse that the takeover from Ken Bates has finally gone through.

Elland Road will come alive now as was shown with the 25,000 plus crowd on a shocking day last Saturday for the visit of Middlesbrough on top of 32,000 for Chelsea despite the police hacking off 3,000 Chelsea fans who wanted to come.

Along with three players now on loan to the end of the month, there is talk of some five players in all coming on board in the window for Neil Warnock to strenthen the squad in the January transfer window.

There is another club up for grabs in Yorkshire. Barnsley’s owner Patrick Cryne wants out owing to ill-health and the 35-acre site at Oakwell makes for an imposing site.

A Happy, Prosperous and abobve all a Healthy New Year to all Echo Sport readers.